Lead Me Gently Home, Father

Lead me gently home, Father

Author: Will L. Thompson (1879)
Tune: [Lead me gently home, Father]
Published in 134 hymnals

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1 Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
When life’s toils are ended,
And parting days have come,
Sin no more shall tempt me,
Ne’er from Thee I’ll roam,
If Thou’ll only lead me, Father,
Lead me gently home.

Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

2 Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
In life’s darkest hours, Father,
When life’s troubles come,
Keep my feet from wand’ring,
Lest from Thee I roam,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home. [Refrain]

The Gospel in Song, 1926 (Timeless Truths)

Author: Will L. Thompson

Will Lamartine Thompson (1847-1909) Born: November 7, 1847, East Li­ver­pool, Ohio. Died: Sep­tem­ber 20, 1909, New York, New York. Buried: Ri­ver­view Cem­e­te­ry, East Li­ver­pool, Ohio. Rebuffed in an ear­ly at­tempt to sell his songs to a com­mer­cial pub­lish­er, Thomp­son start­ed his own pub­lish­ing com­pa­ny. He lat­er ex­pand­ed, open­ing a store to sell pi­an­os, or­gans and sheet mu­sic. Both a lyr­i­cist and com­pos­er, he en­sured he would al­ways re­mem­ber words or mel­o­dies that came to him at odd times: "No mat­ter where I am, at home or ho­tel, at the store or tra­vel­ing, if an idea or theme comes to me that I deem wor­thy of a song, I jot it down in verse. In this… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lead me gently home, Father
Title: Lead Me Gently Home, Father
Author: Will L. Thompson (1879)
Meter: with refrain
Language: English



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Instances (134)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
A. M. E. C. Hymnal #505
A Messenger for Jesus #d173
Adult Bible Class Hymnal No. 1 #d61
Always Welcome: a choice collection of song gems for the Sunday Shcool, prayer and praise meetings and the home circle #48Image
Assembly Songs: for use in evangelistic services, Sabbath schools, young peoples societies, devotional meetings, and the home #142Image
Bells of Heaven #d210
Bells of Heaven: a Choice Collection of Hymns and Tunes "New and Old" #d186
Blessed Assurance #d79
Choir Favorites, Inspiring Songs for Volunteer and Rally Choirs, Vol. 2 #d34
Chords of Love #d66
Christian Endeavor Edition of Sacred Songs No. 1 #247Image
Christian Gospel Hymns: for church, Sunday school, and evangelistic meetings: contains the cream of all the old songs, and the very best of all the new #70Image
Christian Hymnal #d253
Christian Hymns #d170
Christian Hymns III #d198
Christian Hymns No. 1 #59Image
Clayton's Collection of Choir Melodies No. 1 #d36
Cliff Barrows Old Favorites #d40
Coleman's Songs for Men #d67
Complete Christian Hymnal #d112
Conquest Hymns, New and Old for all Services #d123
Cross and Crown Hymnal (Church of the Pillar of Fire). 3rd ed. #d231
Crowning Day No. 2 #169Image
Diadems: a collection of religious songs, new and old, for the church and Sunday school #209Image
Echoes from Glory #202Image
Enduring Hymns #d48
Eternal Praise for the Church and Sunday School #233Image
Favorites Number 3: A Collection of Gospel Songs #77Image
Free Will Baptist Hymn Book #d175
Fridsroester Sangbok foer Vaeckelsemoeten, Boenemoeten, Ungdomsmoeten, Soenddagsskilan och Hemmet #d112
Gems of Sacred Song #d102
Give Thanks and Sing, for Religious Meetings #d58
Give Thanks and Sing; for Religious Meetings #d90
Give Thanks and Sing: for use in all religious meetings #14Image
Glorious Gospel Hymns #d305
Gospel Call #d19
Gospel Hosannas: for church and Sabbath school, young people's services and evangelistic meetings #189Image
Great Revival Hymns #170Image
Great Revival Hymns No.2 #90Image
Great Songs of the Church #d195
Harp of Zion #d48
Highway Songs #d43
Hymn of the Faith #d145
Hymns and Sacred Songs #289Image
Hymns for His Praise #109Image
Hymns for His Praise No. 2. Rev. ed. #d90
Hymns of Glory No. 2 #d130
Hymns of Grace: a Choice Collection of Hymns Honoring and Promoting the Reigning Grace of God #d228
Hymns of Heavenly Harmony #d119
International Gospel Hymns and Songs #d72
Joy and Praise for Sunday Schools #d20
Kingdom Songs #d119
Life Songs No. 2 #d147
Make Christ King: a selection of high class gospel music for use in general worship and special evangelistic meetings #145Image
Make Christ King: combined: a selection of high class gospel hymns for use in general worship and special evangelistic meetings #166Image
Melodies of Life #d20
New and Old Gospel Songs and Hymns #d88
New Harvest Bells : For Sunday Schools, Revivals, and all Religious Meetings #39Image
New Hosannas #d56
New Life No. 2: songs and tunes for Sunday schools, prayer meetings, and revival occasions #127Image
Norman Clayton's Favorites No. 2 #d41
Old Fashioned Revival Hour Songs Compiled #d48
Pilgrim's Hymnal, a Book of Choice Songs for the Home and All the Services of the Churches #d111
Popular Hymns Number 2 for the work and worship of the church #15Image
Praise #d36
Praise Him #d140
Quartette: containing Songs for the Ransomed, Songs of Love Peace and Joy, Gems of Gospel Song, Salvation Echoes, with one hundred choice selections added #83Image
Rescue songs: words and music with standard selections #34Image
Revival Message #d79
Revival Praises #74TextImage
Sacred Selections for the Church #d272
Service in Song #d79
Sing His Praise: for the church, Sunday school and all religious assemblies #d112
Singing Revival #d41
Song Land Melodies #d98
Songland Melodies ... a New Song Book for Revivals #d117
Songs and Solos used by the Christian Crusaders in their Special Soul-Saving Work: and adapted for the church, grove, school, choir, and home #98Image
Songs for the King's Business #138Image
Songs for the Ransomed; for Sunday Schools and Gospel Work #d89
Songs for Today: Songs for Age Group Choirs #d46
Songs of Hope for the Church and Sunday School #166Image
Songs of Love and Praise No. 4 #88Image
Songs of Power. Rev. #d121
Songs of Praise: Number Two #98Image
Songs of Redemption and Praise #d60
Songs of Redemption and Praise. Rev. #d63
Songs of Saving Power #d118
Songs of Spiritual Power #d92
Songs of the Blessed Hope #d117
Songs of Triumph: adapted to prayer meetings, camp meetings, and all other seasons of religious worship #88
Songs of Victory #d41
Songs of Victory #d128
Soul Songs #d118
Sparkling Gems: Nos.1 & 2 Combined: a new and choice collection of music for Sabbath schools, temperance, and social meetings #26Image
Spiritual Evangel: a Book of Songs with Soul Appeal #d91
Spiritual Life Songs #d68
Spiritual Songs and Hymns, for Use in All Gospel Services #d310
Sunday School and Revival Songs No.2 #d115
Sunday-School Praises: prepared especially for use in the Sunday-School #157Image
Sweet Harmonies (A New Song Book) #d91
Temple Chimes #d141
The Army and Navy Hymnal #205Image
The Best Gospel Songs and their composers #14Image
The Brethren's Sunday School Song Book #d82
The Broadman Hymnal #d235
The Century Gospel Songs #d76
The Chancel Choir #d15
The Cokesbury Hymnal #240
The Cokesbury Worship Hymnal #d123
The Complete Church Hymnal #d164
The Covenant Hymnal, authorized by the Swedish Evangelical Mission Covenant of America #d195
The Cyber Hymnal #3614TextAudioScore
The Gospel Call: choice songs for revivals, Sunday-schools and the church #84Image
The Gospel Pilot Hymnal: a collection of new and standard hymns for Sunday schools, young peoples' societies, gospel and social meetings #23Image
The Ham-Ramsay Revival Hymns, a Collection of High Class Gospel Music #d145
The Hymnal, a Collection of Gospel Songs and Hymns #d154
The King of Glory #d111
The King's Praise ... a General Purpose Song Book #d110
The Mennonite Hymnary, published by the Board of Publication of the General Conference of the Mennonite Church of North America #449
The New Alphabetical Hymnal: Great Songs of the Church No. 2. 35th ed. #d221
The New Century Hymnal #d106
The New Church Hymnal #381
The New National Baptist Hymnal #341
The Shining Way #d54
The Voice of Praise: a compilation of the very best sacred songs for us in Sunday Schools and praise services #127TextImage
The World Evangel #d161
The Young People's Hymnal, adapted to the use of Sunday schools, epworth leagues, prayer meetings, and revivals #118
Timeless Truths #222TextAudioScore
Treasure Songs for Schools and Churches #d128
Triumphant Songs No.2 #d128
Voices of praise: prepared with especial reference to the needs of the Sunday school #88Image
Wonder Hymns of Faith #d111
World Wide Revival Songs for the Church, Sunday School and Evangelistic Meetings #d130
Worship in Song #d141